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Interleague play & sweeps go hand in hand for Dodgers

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers conclude the interleague portion of their schedule on Wednesday night, trying to complete a three-game sweep of the Angels on the road, continuing a pattern throughout 2015.

The Dodgers' previous three three-game series against American League opponents all ended in sweeps — three wins at home against Seattle and the Angels, and three losses on the road against Houston.

Of their four two-game interleague series, even two of those were sweeps — two losses in both Texas and Oakland.

This is the 15th three-game series between the Dodgers and Angels in Anaheim since interleague play began in 1997. The Dodgers have never swept a three-game series in Anaheim, though the Angels have swept three times (2003, 2005, 2007).

The again, the Dodgers had only swept the Angels once (in 2006) in 14 three-game series before this season and the Dodgers won all three games in Los Angeles from July 31 to Aug. 2.

Broom ball

The Dodgers are 7-5 in games with an opportunity to sweep a series of at least three games this season, though only two of those chances came on the road. The Dodgers lost on Apr. 26 in San Diego, but won in Cincinnati on Aug. 27.

Rule 5

Mat Latos gets the start for the Dodgers, hoping to recapture some of the magic of his first start with the Dodgers, when he lasted six innings and allowed just one run in a Dodgers win over the Angels on Aug. 2. But every start since has been a disappointment, with Latos allowing 17 runs and 26 hits in 17⅓ innings.

If he fails to record 15 outs on Wednesday, Latos will become the first Dodgers starter since Carlos Monasterios in 2010 to have five straight starts of under five innings.

The one positive for Latos is that after striking out just one of 42 batters in his first two starts with Los Angeles, he has 15 strikeouts and just four walks in his last three starts, a 25-percent strikeout rate. By the way, that one strikeout for Latos in his first two starts with the Dodgers was Mike Trout.

Game info

Time: 7:05 p.m.

TV: SportsNet LA, Fox Spots West, ESPN